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RIT Men's

Brian Bliss
Olympian, Amateur Sports, Inducted 2008 
Bliss from his playing days with the Columbus Crew of the MLS. Click photos for larger images.
The Webster Schroeder graduate is the only male player from Rochester to play on the U.S. National Team. He also played in the Olympics, the World Cup and in Major League Soccer.
Brian Bliss Olympics statistics
Bio, New York State West Youth Soccer Association Hall of Fame
Connecticut Soccer Hall of Fame
Brian Bliss FIFA statistics
Youtube, Massive Report interview
Democrat and Chronicle, RocJocks

Tracey Britton
Amateur Coaches, Inducted 2008 
Brighton High School's 2012 Section V coaching staff: left to right: Tara Masci- Goalkeepers Coach, Tracey Britton- Assistant Coach, Jessica Zumbo- Assistant Coach, Rita Kladstrup-Head Coach.
The recently retired Monroe Community College Women's Soccer Coach compiled a 171-12-9 record with three national titles and nine Region III championships in nine seasons.
Bio, Monroe Community College




Tony Callipare
Amateur Coaches, Inducted 2008 
Callipare at the Western New York Outdoor Speed Skating Championships at Cobbs Hill rink, January 24, 1959.
One of Rochester's giants in speedskating, he was a 15-time city speedskating champion who was invited to try out for the 1952 U.S. Winter Olympics Teams. He was a founder of the Rochester Skating Club in the late 1940s and the first director of the rink at Genesee Valley Park.
Democrat and Chronicle, Callipare Makes Sweep in Winning Skate Toga, January 5, 1948
Obituary, Democrat and Chronicle

Challenger Baseball
Chairman's Choice, Inducted 2008
Now in its 16th season it brings together boys and girls 6-18 who are mentally or physically challenged to compete in an annual game at Frontier Field.
Democrat and Chronicle, Meet Challenger baseball's Nolan Ryan




Jack Dianetti
Amateur Sports, Inducted 2008 
Olympians-Alternates, 1948 Summer Games-Athletics
The East Rochester native was one of the all-time great Section V track stars and the founder of Victor Hills Country Club. He set a Section V record in the mile in 1946 (4:28.8), and the mark stood for two decades. He finished third in the U.S. Olympic Trials and was an alternate for the 1948 Summer Olympics in London.
Obituary, Messenger Post Newspapers
Obituary, Democrat and Chronicle
Club & Business Resort, Dianetti Family Makes Victor Hills GC its Legacy

Mike Foster
Amateur Coaches, Inducted 2008 
Fall 2006, the University of Rochester's coaching staff: at center is head coach Scott Greene and left-to-right: offensive coordinator Mike Foster, offensive line coach Jason Andersen, and defensive coordinator Nick Grange.
In 23 seasons as football coach at Canandaigua, he compiled a 179-37 record and won seven Section V titles and one state title.
Section V Football Hall of Fame, Class of 2004
Canandaigua Academy Athletics Hall of Fame, Class of 2002
Youtube, CA Football The Mike Foster Era
Website, Canandaigua Football
UofR Athletics, Foster Steps Down From Football Staff





Howie Haak
Professional Sports, Inducted 2008 
(top) Haak, behind the plate for the University of Rochester.
(bottom) Haak with Pirates Manger Chuck Tanner, click to enlarge.
A catcher at the University of Rochester, he became the trainer for the Rochester Red Wings before embarking on a highly successful career as a big-league scout. He is credited with opening up Latin America to the majors and with helping to bring Hall of Fame outfielder Roberto Clemente to Pittsburgh.
Bio, Wikipedia
Dollar Sign on the Muscle, Howie Haak chapter
Obituary, New York Times, 3/11/99

Bill Jacoutot
Amateur Coaches, Inducted 2008 
Click bottom right photo to enlarge.
The longtime wrestling coach at Spencerport High was named Coach of the Year by the National High School Coaches Association this year. He has a 335-28-1 career record and has led 11 wrestlers to state championships.
Democrat and Chronicle, Jacoutot goes to the mat for his athletes
2008 National High School Coaches Association Coach of the Year
matburn, Stepping Aside



Bill Klem
Professional Sports, Inducted 2008 
(top) Umpires Billy Evans, Silk O'Loughlin, Bill Klem, Bill Johnstone
(bottom) Klem's Baseball Hall of Fame plaque.
Considered the greatest umpire of all time, he was born and raised in Rochester and was a National League ump from 1905-41, working 18 World Series. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1953.
Bio, Baseball Hall of Fame
Retrosheet, Bill Klem umpire statistics
Obituary, New York Times
Bill Klem baseball cards

Phil Lanzatella
Amateur Sports, Inducted 2008 
Olympians-Alternates, 1984 Summer Games-Wrestling
The McQuaid graduate was a five-time member of the U.S. Olympic Greco-Roman wrestling team. He received a successful tissue donation of a heart valve in 1997 at the age of 35, and returned to competitive wrestling less than two years later. At St.Lawrence University, Phil was a four-time All-American and four-year starter in football and two-time NY State Wrestling champion.
Section V Wrestling Hall of Fame, Class of 2000
St.Lawrence University Hall of Fame, Individual
St.Lawrence University Hall of Fame, Member of the 1982 Football team
Rochester City-Catholic Wrestling Hall of Fame, Class of 2011
Wrestling star Phil Lanzatella awarded Street & Smith's Mickey Mantle Foundation Courage Award




Ernie Lisi
Amateur Coaches, Inducted 2008 
Right, Lisi is hoisted by his players after Irondequoit won the 1973
Upstate Lacrosse Conference title, beating Corning East, 10-8. Click to enlarge.
The father of Irondequoit lacrosse guided the Indians to a 211-18 record in 17 seasons before resigning in 1977. He led Irondequoit to 20 league or regional titles, fielded 10 undefeated teams and compiled a 47-game winning streak.
Bio, Geneva Sports Hall of Fame
Bio, Hobart and William Smith Colleges Athletics Hall of Fame
U.S. Lacrosse Rochester Chapter Hall of Fame, Class of 1972
The Geneva Times, Pressbox Patter, Lacrosse Ends





Charles Murray
Professional Sports, Inducted 2008 
The Rochester resident won the IBF light welterweight boxing title in 1993.
Known as "The Natural," he finished is career 44-9.
Charles Murray boxing stats
You Tube, Charles Murray - A "Natural" Champion, Part I
You Tube, Charles Murray - A "Natural" Champion, Part II
You Tube/ESPN, Murray vs Ward, Rounds 11 & 12

Mike Palermo
Contributors/Administrators, Inducted 2008 
(top right) Palermo (size 14) pales in comparison for shoe size versus basketball Hall of Famer Bob Lanier (size 22)...
click on photo for larger feet...(bottom) Palermo (left) officiates a Teddi-T basketball grudge match for charity, between sports commentator Dick Vitale and Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim. Boeheim won easily in the downtown Rochester match in the (?) late 1990's.
The Edison Tech graduate was a local college basketball official from 1975-2002 and football official from 1967-2003, including a stint as executive committee president. He also has been heavily involved in community events and currently serves on the scorer's table for the Rochester RazorSharks.
Bio, Section V Basketball Hall of Fame
Section V Football Hall of Fame, Class of 2003



Paul Pinckney
Media, Inducted 2008 
The former Democrat and Chronicle sports editor in the 1950s and '60s also wrote popular column called "In the Pinck."
Obituary, Democrat and Chronicle (died August 8, 1999)




1982-83 RIT Men's Hockey
Team of the Ages, Inducted 2008 
The Tigers started 0-3 but rolled to a 23-9 mark and the NCAA Division II crown by beating
Bemidji State 4-2 in the finals.Click above picture for a super-sized image.



Bob Wegman
Contributors/Administrators, Inducted 2008 
A giant in the supermarket industry, he also donated millions to Aquinas Institute athletics, was a major factor in keeping the LPGA Tournament in Rochester by assuming sponsorship and made Wegman's the original sponsor of Buffalo Bills training camp at St. John Fisher College.
Website, Wegmans Food Markets
Obituary, Associated Press



Rick Woodson
Media, Inducted 2008 
(top right) Woodson teaching at SUNY Brockport (bottom left) The back cover photo of Woodson's book of sports
columns, Words of Woodson. (bottom right) Woodson's 2012 Christmas card painting (click to enlarge)
The award-winning sportswriter covered the Buffalo Bills for the Times Union in the 1970s and '80s and also wrote about local and national golf. He hosted a sports talk show at WXXI for several years and also hosted New York Lawn and Garden on WXXI television. He still writes a sports column for the Rochester Business Journal and has hosted The Golf Tee Show on WHTK, 1280 AM radio since 2002.
Popular journalism professor to retire, The Stylus, SUNY Brockport
Final Rochester Business Journal column, March 1, 2013
Obituary, Democrat and Chronicle
Democrat and Chronicle, Extra Bases, Jim Mandelaro, Goodbye Old Friend
Rochester Business Journal Tribute
Rick Woodson Journalism Scholarship

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